October 11, 2003

Porco Rosso

Anime News Network reports on the next Miyazaki film for Disney to bring over to the States: Porco Rosso.

Disney's English dub of Hayao Miyazaki's Porco Rosso will premiere next Tuesday, October 14th at the Austin Film Festival. Produced by John Lasseter and directed by Tony Bancroft, the dub features Michael Keaton as Porco Rosso, Cary Elwes as Donald Curtis, Kimberly Williams-Paisleyas Fio, and Susan Egan as Gina. [Nausicaa.net][ via ANN]

I'm pretty psyched. I've got the R2 release of this, but I wouldn't mind having a copy of the dub so that I could share it with my nephew (young kids don't quite get the whole sub vs dub thing :)).

Posted by snooze at October 11, 2003 05:49 PM


Wow! That's my favorite of all his movies. I'm so glad Lasseter's directing the dub. I'd never thought of Michael Keaton, but thinking about it's nigh perfect. How cool...

What's an R2 release? Sorry, I'm new to this stuff. I mostly got all my anime on tapes from people that loved the stuff.

Posted by: liralen at October 27, 2003 07:06 PM

For DVDs, the industry divided the world into regions, and decreed that DVDs encoded for one region Shall Not Work in another -- this was an attempt to prevent somebody from doing somthing obviously Wrong like going to Ghana and buying a DVD for $0.63 then bringing it back to the US and playing it there. So, the US and Canada are Region 1 (R1) and Japan is R2 and so on.

There is, of course, a burgeoning market for devices that will play back DVDs from any region. Most DVD-ROM drives, which in principle could be sold into any region, will let you change their region some limited number of times (like, 5) before being stuck forever.

Posted by: elthar at October 27, 2003 09:53 PM

Ah! Okay. I get that. Thanks for the explaination!

Posted by: liralen at October 30, 2003 03:01 PM

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